The Colón Free Trade Zone – regional distribution center for the Americas

Panama has long been recognized as an avenue for trade since the 16th century when Inca gold and silver filled the Spanish treasury by...
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Protecting personal data – are employers prepared?

The new Data Protection Law, gazetted in June, will regulate the future processing of all personal data in the Cayman Islands. Employers should take...

Explaining Cayman’s success through its role in the Anglo-American triangle

The foreign capital booked in the Cayman Islands is enormous by any standard. Combined data for external banking activity, portfolio investment Iand direct investment...

Welcome to the VUCA world

In recent months, something new and structurally revolutionary has been brewing in the global financial markets. This new trend, traceable in its beginnings to...

U.S. suspension of premium processing for H1-B visas creates opportunities to attract high-tech business...

The temporary suspension of premium processing of H-1B petitions With the recent uncertainty regarding the Trump administration’s current position on skilled immigrants, including the U.S....

Universal Basic Income – disease or cure?

A big, bold new plan for a radically revised social safety net is sweeping the world. It’s called the Universal Basic Income (UBI). In...

Fintech and the future of finance

In the years since the financial crisis of 2008, the landscape of banking has changed dramatically. The Occupy Wall Street movement galvanized popular outrage...

Applying the Cayman approach to virtual currency: A disruptive opportunity waiting to happen

Stop me if you have already heard the story: A financial innovation comes to prominence offering opportunities to cut transactional friction, improve financial privacy,...

OECD Watch

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has gradually carved for itself a central role in global tax matters over the last two...

Globalization and nationalism: Good and/or bad?

Globalization is under attack and nationalism is on the rise.  The evidence includes the election of Donald Trump. But what is this globalization these...

India’s currency ‘reform’

A number of countries have introduced new currencies for a variety of reasons.  All 14 former republics of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics...

Cowperthwaite’s ‘un-Keynesian’ Hong Kong

The story of the emergence of Hong Kong in the post-war era from city devastated by war to a light manufacturing and transport center...

Money matters for investors and officials

Over the past eight years, monetary mischief restrained the economy by 1) encouraging businesses to use cheap money to buy back their own stock...
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The odd history of the petroleum futures markets

Energy futures now dominate the commodity futures markets in terms of the total value of contracts, but the oldest, heating oil, is less than...

Trump’s regulatory reforms

Donald Trump has said that he plans dramatically to reduce the regulatory burden facing American businesses. If his administration is successful, the U.S. could...

What the Caribbean should do about the new Trump administration

On Jan. 20, 2016, the Trump Administration entered into power, and Caribbean interests will have a number of issues to discuss with the new...

The New Confidential Information Disclosure Law 2016

Trustees and confidentiality has long been a central theme in the fiduciary relationship of trust and confidence which exists between a beneficiary and a...

Reflections on globalization

In 1981, when Ronald Reagan became U.S. president, 44 percent of 4.5 billion people on the planet lived on less than $1.90 a day....

U.S. considers border adjustable tax folly

One of the key separators between U.S. and European tax policy has long been the presence of value-added taxes. That might change thanks to...

BEPS project remains the main focus

 The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has gradually carved for itself a central role in global tax matters over the past two...